Tag: technology

January 2017
Tissue tiers:  Intestinal organoids have layered folds (left) like those in the human gut, and working neurons (right, green).
News / Toolbox

Neurons talk to muscle cells in tiny test-tube intestine

by  /  6 January 2017

A new method allows researchers to transform stem cells into miniature intestines with a working nervous system.

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December 2016
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19th
2016
News / Spotted

Screening scrutiny; tracking technology; sensitive Santa

by  /  23 December 2016

The jury is still out on autism screening, technology to track wandering children is under attack, and a sensitive Santa Claus sees children on the spectrum.

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Easy listening:  A flexible device (below) hugs the brain's curved surface and detects neuronal activity (left).
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Supple sensor picks up neuron chatter in human brain

by  /  16 December 2016

A flexible electrode array can eavesdrop on neurons in people without damaging brain tissue.

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Illustration by Jasu Hu
Opinion / Q&A

Questions for Joshua Gordon: Circuit solutions for autism

by  /  13 December 2016

The new director of the National Institute of Mental Health says work on brain circuits may yield treatments for autism.

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November 2016
Week of NovemberNov
14th
2016
News / Spotted

CRISPR in the clinic; autism app; women only

by  /  18 November 2016

Scientists test CRISPR as a cancer treatment, an app could help parents pick up on hints of autism, and a Dutch science academy tries to tilt its ranks toward women.

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Monkey muddle: Wireless microphones are helping scientists sort out the calls of different monkeys in a cage.
News

Monkey mics may solve communication mysteries

by  /  16 November 2016

Tiny monkeys sporting even tinier backpacks are helping scientists understand the nuances of language and social behavior.

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Neural fireworks: Armed with molecular sensors, neurons light up in a rhesus macaque’s brain as it moves its arm.Bernd Rohrschneider / Science Source
News

Method reveals neuronal firing patterns in reaching monkeys

by  /  13 November 2016

A new microscopy method allows researchers to track the firing patterns of many neurons in a monkey’s brain as it moves.

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October 2016
Using CRISPR to switch on specific genes makes mouse skin cells morph into neurons.
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CRISPR hacks expand uses of gene-editing toolbox

by  /  28 October 2016

Tweaks to the popular gene-editing tool allow researchers to forge neurons from skin, swap the chemical tags on genes, and more.

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Features / Webinars

Webinar: Alysson Muotri discusses stem cell research in autism

19 October 2016

Register now for the next Spectrum webinar, featuring Alysson Muotri, who will discuss how stem cell research can provide insight into human neurodevelopment and the social brain.

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modified version of CRISPR enters the cell nucleus only after it receives a chemical cue
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Molecular ‘sandwich’ serves as switch for CRISPR

by  /  7 October 2016

Tucking CRISPR between two molecules allows researchers to toggle the gene-editing tool on and off.

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